CALL TO ARTISTS The Pawtucket PAINTBOX Project: Artists Enhance Utility Boxes in City Neighborhoods Mayor Donald Grebien and the Department of Planning and Redevelopment invite artists to incorporate visual art on municipal infrastructure equipment with the goal to increase cultural expression and promote public engagement throughout various neighborhoods in Pawtucket.
Project Overview The Pawtucket PAINTBOX Project, organized by the Advisory Commission on Arts and Culture, is intended to recognize and celebrate local artists. Artists are asked to paint City of Pawtucket utility boxes with original designs. Once professionally painted, these utility boxes in various neighborhoods will contribute to the vitality and attractiveness of the urban streetscape and deter graffiti.
Artists must live in or have permanent office or studio space in the State of Rhode Island. Artists must be 18 or older. Up to 3 designs by each artist will be considered. Selections will be made by the members of the Advisory Commission on Arts and Culture. Artists will be notified if and when their designs are selected. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through the fall of 2018.
Honoraria Participating artists may receive a $300 stipend for the cost of all materials required to complete and protect their artwork.
Artwork must be original. Artists must avoid dark palettes in order to prevent boxes from overheating in the sun. Designs may be representational or abstract but must respond to the urban context and be appropriate given the location and audience. Utility box size may vary; selected artists must be willing to adjust designs to their particular box.
City of Pawtucket • Department of Planning and Redevelopment 137 Roosevelt Avenue • Pawtucket, RI 02860 • 401-728-0500 ext. 450
Pawtucket PAINTBOX Application
Please submit up to 3 designs with a completed application and appendices by either: Email to:
Mailed to: [email protected]
Subject: Pawtucket PAINTBOX
Pawtucket PAINTBOX City of Pawtucket Planning & Redevelopment 137 Roosevelt Avenue Pawtucket, RI 02860
Artist or Organization Name: _____________________________________________________ Neighborhood: ________________________________________________________________ Mailing Address: _______________________________________________________________ Phone: _______________________________________________________________________ Email: ________________________________________________________________________ Website URL: __________________________________________________________________
Application checklist: □ Completed application with artist signature □ Designs (up to 3), including color scheme and materials list □ Artist statement of intent, description of concept and approach □ Preferred PAINTBOX Location(s) □ Curriculum vitae (Optional) * Please note the operational use of the boxes (hinges, vents, locks and keyholes) cannot be painted over. Artists must avoid dark palettes in order to prevent boxes from overheating.
Other Items to Consider: The City maintains a list of preferred PAINTBOX locations/neighborhoods [enclosed]; however, consideration will be given if the artist proposes a specific location that is not included on this list. The utility boxes must be scraped, cleaned and primed before the artists can begin painting. We suggest taping over functional areas and spraying automobile primer. City of Pawtucket • Department of Planning and Redevelopment 137 Roosevelt Avenue • Pawtucket, RI 02860 • 401-728-0500 ext. 450
Only durable materials may be used in the creation of the artwork. Artists must avoid dark palettes in order to prevent boxes from overheating in the sun. Artists must supply their own water. Drop cloths should be used at all times while painting. Ap